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Astronomy
Debian Edu astronomy related applications

This metapackage depends on various applications that can be used to teach astronomy.

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Education-menus
Debian Edu menu reorganization
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A package to reorganize menu branches in order to get a structure easy to use for teachers and students.

Gpredict
Satellite tracking program
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Gpredict is a real time satellite tracking and orbit prediction program for the Linux desktop. It uses the SGP4/SDP4 propagation algorithms together with NORAD two-line element sets (TLE).

Some core features of Gpredict include:

  • Tracking of a large number of satellites only limited by the physical memory and processing power of the computer
  • Display the tracking data in lists, maps, polar plots and any combination of these
  • Have many modules open at the same either in a notebook or in their own windows. The modules can also run in full-screen mode
  • You can use many ground stations
  • Predict upcoming passes
  • Gpredict can run in real-time, simulated real-time (fast forward and backward), and manual time control
  • Detailed information both the real time and non-real time modes
  • Doppler tuning of radios via Hamlib rigctld
  • Antenna rotator control via Hamlib rotctld
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Kstars
desktop planetarium, observation planning and telescope control
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KStars is a scientifically accurate desktop planetarium, visualising a graphical simulation of the night sky from any location on Earth, at any date and time. The display includes 130,000 stars, 13,000 deep-sky objects, all 8 planets, the Sun and Moon, and thousands of comets and asteroids. KStars addresses students and amateur astronomers of all levels.

The database of known objects can be extended and updated from local or remote databases, which is prepared for in a user-extendable interface. KStars suggests observations of particular interest like conjunctions with respect to the location of the user. And for user-selected targets it proposes the ones that are best-observable.

The software may be used for planning experiments around the globe, e.g. for remote controlled commercial services. But KStars also features an INDI interface to control local telescopes and cameras. Users with programming experience can script it via the KDE desktop bus.

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Openuniverse
3D Universe Simulator
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OpenUniverse (OU for short) is a fun, fast and free OpenGL space simulator. It currently focuses on the Solar System and lets you visit all of its planets, most major moons and a vast collection of smaller bodies in colorful, glorious and realtime 3D. If you've ever had a chance to visit Mercury or asteroid Geographos, here you'll find them looking exactly the same way, following exactly the same path as when you've left them.

Notice that OpenUniverse is not actively being maintained anymore and that users are recommended to use Celestia instead.

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Stellarium
real-time photo-realistic sky generator
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Stellarium renders 3D photo-realistic skies in real-time. With Stellarium, you really see what you can see with your eyes, binoculars or a small telescope.

Some features:

  • default star catalogue with over 600 thousand stars,
  • information about the brightest stars (spectral type, distance, etc.),
  • downloadable star catalogue extensions, for up to 210 million stars,
  • all New General Catalogue (NGC) objects,
  • images of almost all Messier objects and the Milky Way,
  • real time positions of the planets and their satellites,
  • 13 different cultures with their constellations,
  • artistic illustrations of the 88 Western constellations,
  • very realistic atmosphere, sunrise and sunset,
  • 7 panoramic landscapes (more can be made or downloaded from the website),
  • scripting with ECMAScript,
  • plug-in support: Stellarium comes with 8 plug-ins by default, including:
  • artificial satellites plug-in (updated from an on-line TLE database),
  • ocular simulation plug-in (shows how objects look like in a given ocular),
  • Solar System editor plug-in (imports comet and asteroid data from the MPC),
  • telescope control plug-in (Meade LX200 and Celestron NexStar compatible).

Stellarium should not be used for very high accurate calculation or ephemerids like eclipse predictions. However, it is the ideal program to prepare an observation evening with naked eye, binocular, or small telescope.

Xplanet
행성 렌더러
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Xplanet은 X 윈도우 또는 파일로 행성의 이미지를 렌더링합니다. 모든 주요 행성과 대부분의 위성이 그려질 수 있으며, 방위각, 반구, 램버트, 메르카토르, 몰바이데, 피터, 다원뿔, 그리고 직사각형을 포함하는 서로 다른 지도 투영법을 지원합니다.

xplanet을 실행하기 위해서, 당신은 최소 하나의 지도 파일이 필요합니다. 몇몇 지도는 xplanet-image 패키지에 포함되어 있습니다.

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Xplanet-images
imagery for xplanet
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Xplanet renders an image of a planet into an X window or a file.

In order to run xplanet, you'll need at least one map file. This package includes some map files that can be used with xplanet.

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Astronomical-almanac
천문 달력 - 행성과 별의 위치 계산
Maintainer: Thorsten Alteholz
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aa 프로그램은 행성의 궤도 위치를 계산하고 그리고 명백한 지심과 지표 장소 (지역 고도와 방위각)에 대한 엄격한 좌표 축약을 수행합니다. 또한 FK4 또는 FK5 시스템 중 하나에 주어진 성표 위치를 줄일 수 있습니다. 57 항행 별에 대한 데이타도 포함합니다. 사용된 알고리즘에 대부분은 미정부 인쇄국에서 발행한 천 문 연감 (AA)에서 가져왔습니다.

aa 프로그램은 천문 연감 현재 버전에서 설계된 천구 좌표 감소에 대한 엄격한 알고리즘을 정확하게 따릅니다. 명백한 지심위도 위치 감소는 제트 추진 연구소 (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) DE200 태양계 수치 적분법에서 직접 행성 위치를 가져온 프로그램 (aa200)의 특수한 버전이 확인하였습니다. 결과는 1987 이후 (1987 이전 연감은 약간 다른 감소 방법을 사용)천문 연감 테이블과 정확히 일치 합니다.

장동 수정과 같은 특정 계산은 AA에 명시적으로 부여하지 않지만 참조는 됩니다. 이러한 경우 프로그램은 궤도 정보 테이블을 구성 (참조가 제공됩니다)하는데 사 용되는 완전한 계산을 수행합니다.

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Lightspeed
Shows how objects moving at relativistic speeds look like
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Light Speed! is an OpenGL-based program which illustrates the effects of special relativity on the appearance of moving objects. When an object accelerates past a few million meters per second, these effects begin to grow noticeable, becoming more and more pronounced as the speed of light is approached. These relativistic effects are viewpoint-dependent, and include shifts in length, object hue, brightness and shape.

The moving object is, by default, a geometric lattice. 3D Studio and LightWave 3D objects may be imported as well. Best of all, the simulator is completely interactive, rendering the exotic distortions in real-time!

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Sunclock
fancy clock showing time and geographical data
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sunclock is an X11 application that displays a map of the Earth and indicates the illuminated portion of the globe by drawing sunlit areas dark on light, night areas as light on dark. In addition to providing local time for the default timezone, it also displays GMT time, legal and solar time of major cities, their latitude and longitude, and the mutual distances of arbitrary locations on Earth. Sunclock can display meridians, parallels, tropics and arctic circles. It has builtin functions that accelerate the speed of time and show the evolution of seasons.

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Xtide
provides tide and current predictions
Maintainer: Peter S Galbraith
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XTide is a package that provides tide and current predictions in a wide variety of formats. Graphs, text listings, and calendars can be generated, or a tide clock can be provided on your desktop.

XTide can work with the X window system, plain text terminals, or the web. This is accomplished with three separate programs: the interactive interface (xtide), the non-interactive or command line interface (tide), and the web interface (xttpd).

The algorithm that XTide uses to predict tides is used by the National Ocean Service in the U.S. It is significantly more accurate than the simple tide clocks that can be bought in novelty stores. However, it takes more to predict tides accurately than just a spiffy algorithm -- data are required for every tidal prediction location. This package provides a sample data set for only one location so you can try out the package, but anything useful requires the data packaged in the xtide-data package (or downloaded from the XTide ftp site).

Xtide-data
Harmonics data for xtide
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XTide is a package that provides tide and current predictions in a wide variety of formats. Graphs, text listings, and calendars can be generated, or a tide clock can be provided on your desktop.

This package provides the harmonics data used by the xtide package to display tidal information for most parts of the world. The data are packaged separately from xtide because they may be updated separately.

Some data omitted from the upstream harmonics file because of restrictions on commercial distribution and were included in the non-free package xtide-data-nonfree.

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